Jackson recording new music
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
– Wanda Jackson is back in the studio, recording a new disc with Joan Jett.
The as-yet-unnamed project is currently anticipated for a 2019 release. After decades of recording covers, Jackson co-wrote with many hit Nashville songwriters including Angaleena Presley of the Pistol Annies. "Ex's and Oh's" singer Elle King also contributed a song.
Jackson is going into a Nashville studio at the end of this month to record vocals for the project with four-time Grammy Award winner Vance Powell. Powell also assisted on Jackson's 2011 collaboration project with Jack White "The Party Ain't Over."
"The songs on this project are very dear to my heart, as a lot of them are based on my own life experiences," said Jackson. "I'm really looking forward to sharing what Joan and I have been working on."
Jackson scored more than 30 singles on the country and pop charts between 1954 and 1974. She was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2009.
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